Applications Sought for Health Funding

The Grant Advisors are always on the lookout for special grants that could be important to the GA community. We found two health-related funding opportunities of interest.

Wayne & Gladys Valley Foundation

Opportunity: Foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, at-risk youth, health and faith-based efforts; Geographic Focus: California; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation distributed about $27 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

The foundation makes grants to organizations which have broad-based funding support, specifically defined goals and purposes, and demonstrated effectiveness in its programs.

Primary areas of interest include higher, secondary, and other education; medical research; health care; youth; local parks and recreational facilities; and local Catholic organizations.

Start with an application letter. It is general policy that none of the foundation’s staff or directors will meet with an applicant before an application letter has been received by the foundation. Youth groups often benefit from the foundation’s grants. For example, the foundation gave $500,000 to the YMCA, Berkeley-Albany, Berkeley, CA, for construction of new YMCA Teen Center.

Contact:; Michael Desler, executive director, 1939 Harrison St., Suite 510, Oakland, CA 94612-3532; 510/466-6060 or

Walgreens Company Contribution Program

Funding Focus: Health and education; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits, including faith-based institutions; Funding: Multiple awards, up to $10,000 each (it distributed about $7.5 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling.

Walgreens operates a Company Contribution Program primarily to make grants to nonprofit organizations in local Walgreens communities.

While Walgreens awards grants mostly to local eligible nonprofits, it reserves a portion of the budget for select national organizations. The major area of focus is health, but education also is a priority. Eligible applicants include nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations with 501 (c)(3) status that operate within an area Walgreens serves, as well as metro-Chicago, where its headquarters is located. For grant consideration, eligible nonprofits must apply online. Telephone inquiries and faxed requests are not accepted.

Other priorities include:

Faith-based organizations: Walgreens does contribute to faith-based organizations provided the contributions are not used for inherently religious purposes or to serve a limited constituency. Contributions to faith-based organizations are designed to enhance services to the larger community in which an organization operates.

Single-Disease Agencies: Walgreens selects national nonprofit organizations that focus on medical research, treatment, and service for diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes or arthritis.

Contact: 847/914-2962 or 877/250-5823.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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